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Researchers hail innovative plan to save rainforest, reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Researchers hail innovative plan to save rainforest, reduce greenhouse gas emissions

An innovative proposal by the Ecuadorian government to protect an untouched, oil rich region of Amazon rainforest is a precedent-setting and potentially economically viable approach, says a team of environmental researchers from the University of Maryland, the World Resources Institute and Save America’s Forests. More >

By November 5, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Will Ecuador’s plan to raise money for not drilling oil in the Amazon succeed?

Will Ecuador’s plan to raise money for not drilling oil in the Amazon succeed?

Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is full of wealth: it is one of the richest places on earth in terms of biodiversity; it is home to the indigenous Waorani people, as well as several uncontacted tribes; and the park’s forest and soil provides a massive carbon sink. More >

By November 5, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Suit Seeks to Protect 70,000 Additional Acres for Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow

Suit Seeks to Protect 70,000 Additional Acres for Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Florida Biodiversity Project filed suit today to obtain a larger protected area for the highly endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow by reversing a Bush-era decision that struck down 70,000 acres of critical habitat identified by scientists as essential for the survival of the rare songbird. The lawsuit is […]

By September 10, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Science Education and Science Citizenship

Science Education and Science Citizenship

New York Academy of Sciences Media A panel discussion with: Sheril Kirshenbaum, Kevin Finneran, Adrienne Klein, Stuart Pimm, Stacy Baker Watch it here >

By August 6, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
An Inordinate Passion for Tropical Moths

An Inordinate Passion for Tropical Moths

 National Geographic grantee Professor Roger Kitching wants to know how much less diversity there is in tropical rainforest that has been logged than in unlogged “primary” forest. He finds some clues from the moths he draws to his lamp, Stuart Pimm reports in words, images, and video from the field, deep in the Borneo jungle. […]

By August 6, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Áreas de proteção ambiental aumentam no mundo

Áreas de proteção ambiental aumentam no mundo

Recent research by Clinton Jenkins and Lucas Joppa is covered by Folha de São Paulo, one of Brazil’s largest newspapers. The results of the research showed mixed news for conservation, finding that more of the world than ever is in protected areas, but that many ecosystems still miss the mark. Optimistically though, Brazil has vastly […]

By June 12, 2009 Read More →
Novos caminhos para salvar a floresta

Novos caminhos para salvar a floresta

On May 27, coinciding with the Dia da Mata Atlântica (Day of the Atlantic Forest), a new book was launched with a plan of action for saving Rio de Janeiro’s biodiversity. Compiled by more than 100 experts on conservation of the Atlantic Forest, including Clinton Jenkins and Stuart Pimm, the book contains detailed explorations of […]

By June 12, 2009 Read More →
Going, Going,…

Going, Going,…

By Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of conservation ecology This century will surely be remembered as the time the Earth bit back—not that Mother Nature hadn’t been a little testy before now. In the fourteenth century, plague spread more easily as the population both grew and became more concentrated in urban areas. When Europeans began […]

By June 9, 2009 Read More →
Florida Panther Fights for Survival Again–This Time in Washington D.C.

Florida Panther Fights for Survival Again–This Time in Washington D.C.

The Florida panther has made a dramatic recovery. Whether it will continue to survive now depends on whether we protect its shrinking habitat. Photo by Stuart L. Pimm By Stuart L. Pimm Special Contributor to NatGeo News Watch There’s a small plane circling me a thousand feet up and its annoying noise makes it difficult […]

By June 9, 2009 Read More →
Florida Keys Shifting Baselines – Thoughts on World Oceans Day

Florida Keys Shifting Baselines – Thoughts on World Oceans Day

Since last December, we’ve been involved with a number of good friends in Key West, Florida, on a green initiative that includes the investigations of medicinal plants of the Florida Keys and northern Caribbean. Following from these interactions with students and colleagues at Duke University and in Key West itself, I had the good fortune […]

By June 9, 2009 Read More →
World governments to miss goal protecting 10 percent of every ecoregion by next year

World governments to miss goal protecting 10 percent of every ecoregion by next year

It is unlikely that world governments will keep their pledge to protect 10 percent of every ecological region by 2010, according to a new study published in Biological Conservation. This goal is just one of many agreed upon by world governments through the Convention on Biological Diversity. With less than a year to the goal’s […]

Birding at the BioBlitz with Stuart Pimm

Birding at the BioBlitz with Stuart Pimm

By May 29, 2009 Read More →
Many Mammal Migrations Are at Risk of Extinction

Many Mammal Migrations Are at Risk of Extinction

By Stuart L. Pimm for NatGeo News Watch There’s an urgency to find quality food and water that forces many large mammals to migrate. A new study finds that human activities increasingly threaten their ability to do so. Photo of zebra migration by Stuart L. Pimm   read more >

By May 29, 2009 Read More →
Carbon neutrality in Key West’s future?

Carbon neutrality in Key West’s future?

Key West Mayor Morgan McPherson hopes to make Key West a carbon-neutral destination, create a new industry on the island and reach out to Cuba to work together on ocean conservation, all in one fell swoop. More >

By April 27, 2009 Read More →
Biologists Call on Obama Administration to Overturn Bush Rules That Cut Science Out of Endangered Species Decisions

Biologists Call on Obama Administration to Overturn Bush Rules That Cut Science Out of Endangered Species Decisions

WASHINGTON – April 27 – More than 1,300 federal and independent scientists with biological expertise and three leading scientific societies today called on the Interior and Commerce departments to overturn rule changes made in January that weaken the scientific foundation of the Endangered Species Act. In a letter, the scientists urged the department secretaries to […]

By April 27, 2009 Read More →
Friday Cocktail: The Conflagration: Splash the G-Word, 1 Shot of Rainforest, Light My Fire & Pass the Ganga

Friday Cocktail: The Conflagration: Splash the G-Word, 1 Shot of Rainforest, Light My Fire & Pass the Ganga

As Steve Allen said: Do not allow children to mix drinks. It is unseemly and they use too much vermouth. Round 1: The G-word punched through the media membrane this week. Geoengineering. Big word for the headlines. Uttered by none other than John Holdren, Obama’s chief scientific adviser. He was referring to the possibility that […]

By April 14, 2009 Read More →
Reserves found to be ‘effective tool’ for reducing fires in Brazilian rainforests

Reserves found to be ‘effective tool’ for reducing fires in Brazilian rainforests

DURHAM, NC – Rainforest reserves – even those disturbed by roads – provide an important buffer against fires that are devastating parts of the Brazilian Amazon, according to a new study by a trio of researchers at Duke University published April 8 in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE. “Our findings show that reserves are […]

By April 9, 2009 Read More →
Klimawandel betrifft Tierarten unterschiedlich stark

Klimawandel betrifft Tierarten unterschiedlich stark

Washington DC/Wien (pte/09.03.2009/15:45) – Nicht alle Tier- und Pflanzenarten werden von der Klimaveränderung gleich stark betroffen sein. Zu diesem Schluss kommt ein Forscherteam der Universität von Wisconsin-Madison http://www.wisc.edu und der University of Arizona im Fachmagazin Science. Einige der Spezies werden sich aufgrund schneller Evolution den neuen Gegebenheiten sehr rasch anpassen.  More >

By March 9, 2009 Read More →
Predicting diversity within hotspots to enhance conservation

Predicting diversity within hotspots to enhance conservation

IMAGE: This is the tree frog Hypsiboas semilineatus, common throughout the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil. Click here for more information.   Berkeley — With limited funding and an inadequate number of scientists, governments in countries containing “hotspots” of threatened biodiversity are wrestling with how to protect plants and animals in disappearing habitats. But a new […]

By February 9, 2009 Read More →
Symposium tackles big question: how many species will survive our generation

Symposium tackles big question: how many species will survive our generation

An overview of the Smithsonian’s Symposium: “Will the rainforests survive? New Threats and Realities in the Tropical Extinction Crisis” Nine scientists dusted off their crystal balls Monday at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, weighing in on the future of the world’s tropical forest. Despite the most up-to-date statistics, prognosis for the […]

By January 19, 2009 Read More →